Fustini's Oils and Vinegars

What You Need to Know About Our Classes

Where can I sign up?

For Virtual cooking classes, you can sign up online HERE, by calling or stopping in the store. If you sign up online, you will receive an email confirmation listing the date, time and class you registered for.

For In-Person classes, you need to call or stop in the store where you plan on attending the class.  Currently, our in-person classes are for groups who are comfortable being with each other. Your payment will reserve the class for your group.

How do I know what type of class I signed up for?

Fustini’s offers three types of cooking classes:

VIRTUAL CLASS: These are interactive classes are led by experienced chefs in our community and invite you to discover new dishes and techniques right from your home. The class fee is per household, so cook along with someone you are comfortable being around or plan to meet your friends virtually via class.

DEMONSTRATION CLASS: chef-led with class interaction consisting of questions, conversation and sampling all the generous portions the chef has prepared in front of you.

INTERACTIVE CLASS: hands-on experience in creating all the recipes guided by the chef. Some classes (eg: grilling) may need to be modified due to city code compliance.

What is included in the class fee?

VIRTUAL CLASSES: The class fee for our virtual classes is per household.  You may gather as many friends and family as you are comfortable with.  You will receive a pre-class packet containing the menu, recipes, shopping list, equipment list. You will also be sent a link to the class and a discount code to purchase products prior to the class.  PLEASE NOTE: THIS CODE DOES NOT WORK ONLINE.  If you need these items shipped to you, please call the store in a timely manner so there is enough time to arrive before the class.

IN-PERSON CLASSES: The class fee includes instruction by a talented chef, recipes from the class, and generous tasting portions of everything on the menu. We provide water with each class. If there is another refreshment you prefer to enjoy during class, please feel free to bring it. Out of respect for all participants, please limit adult beverages to two per person. All attendees receive a 10% discount on products they wish to purchase after class.

What do I need to know for Virtual Cooking Classes?

  • It is helpful to have all the necessary equipment and ingredients out and ready to be used.
  • Please have any produce washed and any canned items opened.
  • If you have any dietary aversions, please make substitutions as necessary.
  • It may be helpful if you are preparing your recipes for more than 2 people, please note that you may be rushing during the class as the chef will be preparing the dishes for two. You may choose to do additional prep work ahead of time if you do not have someone else cooking alongside you.
  • We encourage you to print the recipes to follow along with you as you may be using your device for the video call.
  • Please make every effort to keep your audio on mute unless you have a question or comment. This will ensure that all will have an enjoyable experience.
  • It may be helpful for you to use wireless headphones to hear the chef’s instructions.
  • All chefs have 2 views from their kitchen, (straight on and close up). Be sure to have your device on “GALLERY” mode to see both views.  You may need to swipe to the next screen with smaller devices. 

What are the safety precautions for an in-person class?

We will abide by the CDC guidelines and any Michigan Executive Orders referencing small gatherings.

What should I wear to an in-person class?

We recommend comfortable clothes and shoes, and perhaps layers since things can heat up in the kitchen! For those participating in an Interactive Class, we provide aprons and ask that you wear close-toed shoes and have long hair tied back and nothing with hanging sleeves or fringes.

How long is the class?

The class time posted is an estimate. Factors that may affect the length of the class include class size, inquiries and conversations with the chef, as well as skill level in Interactive Classes.

Can you accommodate special dietary needs for in-person classes?

Please notify us of any dietary restrictions. We try our best to work around your needs so you can enjoy as much of the class as possible. However, some recipes may require specific ingredients that cannot be substituted.

What is the School of Cooking Rewards Program?

- currently suspended

We love your love of learning so we have four levels of achievement. After completing 5 classes you are awarded “LINE COOK.” At 10 classes you are a “GARDE MANGER.” After 15 classes you achieve being a “SOUS CHEF.” Once you have taken 20 classes, we award you with your own chef coat and the title, “EXECUTIVE CHEF.” We have cards available for you if you wish to participate in this free program. To see who has reached these levels click HERE.

What is Fustini’s Cancellation Policy?

Virtual Cooking Class cancellation policy:  In the event that you are unable to attend, you are welcome to transfer your registration to another household of your choice.  Please email denise@fustinis.com with the name of the new household attending so that we can welcome them into the class.

In-Person Cancellations require 2-day advance notice for any class cancellation (1 week for groups larger than 4). With a 2 day notice, you will receive store credit usable towards the purchase of another class of your choice. In the event Fustini’s cancels the class, you will be notified as early as possible and you can apply the credit towards a future class, to use on products or we can provide you with a full refund. Please notify us of any dietary restrictions.

Do you have age requirements for your in-person cooking classes?

Anyone under 18 is welcome to attend a class with an adult. Two seats will need to be purchased to do so. For Interactive Classes, participants will be using heating elements and sharp cooking utensils and should be tall enough to comfortably reach the counter and stovetops to get the full experience. If you have questions, please call us and we can help you determine if the class is the right fit.

Are we expected to tip our chef and assistants?

No—we love our staff and treat them well. However, we realize you may have had such a fabulous time that out of gratitude you wish to thank those who assisted your class. It is completely at your discretion.

Can I register someone for a class as a gift?

A Fustini’s gift card is the best way to give classes as gifts. This allows your recipient(s) to select classes that best fit their schedules and interests. Gift cards are available in any amount and can be purchased online or by visiting any of our retail locations.

I have a group of six or more people. May we take the class together?

Yes! However, given the limited space and popularity of our classes, we may not always have the space available. Booking early is one option. Our class calendars are published by the first of each preceding month. Another option is a private cooking experience, which we offer at all four of our locations. CONTACT US for more information about creating a custom cooking experience for your group.

Corporate & Private Events

How do I schedule a private event?

We suggest you plan at least four to six weeks in advance to reserve your preferred date. CONTACT US to submit your request. Someone from that store location will get back to you to work out the details of availability, chef and menu. Each location has private group minimums. We can reserve a published class, provided seats have not already been sold, or work with you to create your own date. Once you are ready to solidify a date, payment is required to reserve your place.

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